Natural Healing For Babies and Children

Natural Healing For Babies and Children

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Item Code: IHL711
Author: Aviva Jill Romm
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications
Edition: 2000
ISBN: 8170306582
Pages: 252
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 310 gm
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Natural Healing for Babies and Children drives home one of the most natural principles of health care: the more informed are the parents, the healthier are their children. With this book, Aviva Romm encourages parents to be active participants, rather than passive recipients, in the health care of their children and gives parents the tools to take responsibility for health care decisions.

Traditional medicine, while necessary and lifesaving in many cir• cumstances, often ignores the mind-body connection and the miraculous ability of the body to heal itself—given the right boost from nature’s natural medicines. The information in this text is meant to be in addition to, not a substitute for, your child’s doctor. It makes parents partners in the health care of their family, helping them use common sense remedies and good nutrition to improve the health and well-being of their children.

This is a timely book. The inevitable health care “reform” will be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, parents will have less access to doctors to heal their children. On the other hand, the beneficial effect of this change is that people will have to take more self-responsibility for their health care. They will have to rely more on nonprescription health care products, and one of these will be herbs.

Parents must become experts on their children. No one else will. Throughout this book the author recommends a high»touch style of child care, which I call “attachment parenting.” This way of caring for babies and children helps parents get to know their child, to be more sensitive to the well child, and therefore to know more intuitively how to treat the sick child. l applaud the author for presenting the health benefits of massage, good nutrition, and breast-feeding.

The body has a tremendous capacity for healing itself, yet sometimes we have to help it along a bit—naturally.


This book was created for parents who want to care for their children in ways that are natural, safe, affordable, and environmentally conscious. It offers herbal and other natural remedies that speak to our desire to improve and maintain the health of our families, prevent illness, and feel capable of caring for ourselves.

Conventional medicine is a mixed blessing. It best serves our needs in crises that require heroic intervention. Blood tests, antibiotics, and any number of medical procedures allow us to gain sometimes essential information and even save lives. But modern medicine also gives us the feeling that health care is something “done to us”—that we are passive, not active, participants in our own health. This can be very disempowering.

People who feel disempowered generally fall into one of two categories. One type seeks professional care for every complaint, ending up with over treatment, overmedication, and to top it off, an overpriced doctor’s bill. The other type avoids medical care by ignoring a problem and hoping the symptoms will go away. As a result, these people may wind up with a more serious complaint that might have been resolved readily at the onset, or they may live with chronic discomfort affecting the quality of their lives. The first type believes that illness is insidious and that our health is fragile and dependent on the medical profession. The second type avoids doctors for financial reasons or out of a real fear of being subjected to unnecessary procedures and treatments that physicians often employ in order to cover themselves in the event of litigation.

This book represents a balance between the extremes. By using it to explore the nature of the illnesses and discomforts that commonly affect your children, you can learn when home care is reasonable and how to do it, and when to seek help without giving up your sense of involvement and empowerment. You will learn practical, traditional methods of improving, maintaining, and restoring your childrens well being. By becoming more of a participant in your own wellness and that of your children, your confidence will grow and so will your relationship with those you care for.

For the past thirteen years, in order to care for myself, my husband, and our four children, as well as those who come to me for midwifery care or herbal information, I have been researching and exploring the practice of natural healing. The term natural healing, to some degree, could refer to all healing modalities that exist, because humans are part of nature and, by extension, all we “create” is technically part of nature as well. When I refer to natural healing, however, I am specifically talking about methods and remedies that generally fall outside the realm of conventional medicine, including herbalism, nutritional awareness, homeopathy, and massage. Natural healing also involves an awareness of the connection between mind and body and the ways in which that relationship influences our health. The remedies utilized in natural healing are not synthetic; they require little mechanical processing; and because they may be purchased without medical prescriptions, they are easily accessible. Even more than the actual substance or technique used, natural healing is based on the premise that our bodies are wisely designed to maintain health, and that given nourishment and support when needed, they will do so. It is, one could say, an approach to medicine based on confidence in the perfection and logic of the body. This view differs from that of conventional medicine, which considers the body a machine that cannot maintain adequate functioning without regular trips to the repair shop, the doctor being the mechanic.

Because we lack the extended community common to previous generations, this book is intended as a companion for parents, linking us y all in an extended network of families committed to the well—being of children. This network is global. I believe that we can all support one another and reclaim our ability to care for ourselves through traditional, natural remedies if we pick up the threads of the old ways where modern technology took over and combine the best of both worlds. Traditional Chinese medicine has a term for this. It is called “walking on two legs.” In the spirit of those who came before us, this book is a collection of knowledge, beliefs, and customs to be handed down for the benefit of the next generations. Its, roots are multicultural, ancient, and contemporary. It embraces both the unwritten and the well documented. May this offering be a nourishing fruit for you and your family, and may it contain within it seeds to plant in the hearts of others.


How to Use This Book3
Part I: Herbalism and Natural Healing 5
Chapter 1: Toward a Deeper Understanding of Health 6
Redefining Wellness 6
Teaching Our Children about Wellness 8
Teaching Our Children about Health Responsibility 9
Empowering Our Children 10
Overcoming Our Fears 12
Chapter 2: Herbal Medicine 14
Why Use Herbs? 15
Working with Herbs 20
Herbal Medicine for Children 21
Chapter 3: Home Health Care for Children 23
The Basic Physical Examination 23
Common Early Signs of Illness 31
The Six Steps of Healing 32
When to Seek Medical Help 35
Chapter 4: Herbal Primer 37
A Glossary of Herbal Properties 37
Herb Gathering 39
Herbal Preparations 41
Dosages 48
An Herbal Medicine Chest 49
Part II: Newborn and Baby Care 55
Chapter 5: Chapter 5: Conception through Birth:
Laying the Foundation 56
Eating Well During Pregnancy 57
Connecting with the Baby in Your Womb 58
Herbal Allies for Pregnancy 59
Choosing the Birthplace 61
Dealing with Fears 61
Labor and Birth 62
Care of the Mother after Birth 65
Herbal Allies for the Postpartum 67
Bonding and Breastfeeding: Keeping the Connection Strong 68
Herbal Allies for Common Breast-Feeding Problems 73
Chapter 6: Your Healthy Newborn 80
Your Baby’s Body 81
Signs of Illness in the Newborn 86
Chapter 7: Natural Remedies for Newborns and Babies 88
Eye Care 88
Circumcision and Care of the Penis 89
Care of the Umbilical Cord 91
General Infection in the Newborn 91
Babies’ Skin Care and Rashes 93
Jaundice 94
Vitamin K Shots 98
Cradle Cap 98
Colic (or the “Sunset Blues”) 99
Thrush 100
Teething 103
Part III: Natural Healing for Children 105
Chapter 8: The Needs of the Whole Child 106
Nurturance 106
Warmth 107
Rhythms 108
Play and Natural Elements 109
Freedom and Guidance 111
Security 112
Chapter 9: Natural Remedies for Children’s Complaints: An A-Z Guide 114
Abscesses 116
Aches 119
Acne 119
Anemia (Iron Deficiency) 121
Appetite Loss 122
Asthma 124
Bed-Wetting 131
Bites and Stings 134
Boils 139
Broken Bones 141
Bruises 143
Burns 144
Car Sickness 146
Chickenpox 147
Chills 149
Choking 150
Colds and Flu 151
Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye) 153
Constipation 154
Coughs and Congestion 158
Cuts, Scrapes, and Wounds 162
Diarrhea 164
Dysentery 166
Earaches and Ear Infections 167
Fevers 171
German Measles (Rubella) 178
Headaches 179
Head Injuries 180
Hyperactivity 181
Impetigo 185
Infections (General) 186
Intestinal Parasites 188
Irritability 194
Lice 195
Measles 196
Meningitis 199
Mumps 201
Nightmares and Sleep Disturbances 202
Nosebleeds 204
Penis Irritations and Care 205
Poison Ivy and Poison Oak 206
Ringworm 207
Scabies 208
Skin Problems (General) 210
Sore Throat 212
Strep Throat 214
Stomach Aches 215
Styes 216
Sunburn 217
Ticks 219
Urinary-Tract Infections 220
Vaginal Itching 222
Vomiting 223
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) 226
Appendix I: Common and Latin Names for Herbs 231
Appendix II: Herbal First-Aid Kit 235
Resources 237
Further Reading 241
Index 249
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